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baby in taxi without car seat. would you?

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ilovepicnmix Sat 18-May-13 15:17:01

Im doing a long train journey soon with my 10 month old. I can either get the bus to the train station which would take a while and be a pain as I intend to carry my baby in a sling. Or I can do the three mile journey by taxi but the baby wouldnt be in a car seat. I understand that that is legal in a taxi. What would you do?

tribpot Sat 18-May-13 15:18:58

I think I'd see if any of the local firms can supply a seat. I think some do?

Wheresmycaffeinedrip Sat 18-May-13 15:19:38

I'd get a taxi. It's always nerve wracking but u can't carry a seat everywhere

girlsyearapart Sat 18-May-13 15:20:19

Dh is a black cab driver & we have done this but can also strap the baby into the buggy & wheel it in if its a black cab there's room

ilovepicnmix Sat 18-May-13 15:20:23

Well that would solve the dilemma entirely! I'll check it out. Thanks tribpot.

mikkii Sat 18-May-13 15:24:06

We have done this regularly on similar length trips. It is actually harder now she is 2.5 as she wants to sit alone like her brother and sister.

Beatrixpotty Sat 18-May-13 15:51:42

I've done it for short journeys.When I asked them I was told it is not a legal requirement,it's up to the passenger.

Tee2072 Sat 18-May-13 15:54:06

I do it all the time. Although he isn't a baby any more, he's nearly 4. I just put him in an adult seatbelt.

dogindisguise Sat 18-May-13 20:29:02

I've done this in minicabs and black cabs.

dyslexicdespot Sat 18-May-13 20:35:44

I am debating the same thing at the moment. I think I will end up bringing the god forsaken car seat with us.

If you decide not to, make sure not to share a seat belt with your LO. The weight of your body would crush him/her, if the car made a sudden stop.

VinegarDrinker Sat 18-May-13 20:38:51

We have done (although in your example I would get the bus as I am a serious tightwad so only get cabs if there is no alternative!)

Anyway at that age I used to keep him in the sling on my front with the strap fastened between him and me (to avoid him being squashed). I felt that was a decent compromise.

I've never actually come across one of these companies that provide seats despite hearing about them loads on here.

Magslee Sat 18-May-13 20:45:21

If you're in London you could try Lady minicabs. They will provide carseat and the drivers I've had have always been really nice - helping with bags and friendly to my son etc

babySophieRose Sat 18-May-13 22:27:17

We have been told they don't have to supply a car seat, we could bring our own or travel without one. We had few airport journey without a car seat and all was well.

mummy2under2 Thu 23-May-13 18:58:57

No may be only 3 miles but you never know what might happen and i personaly wouldnt risk it if you would thats upto you but i just couldnt if your wondering what others would do maybe yoru not 100percent sure its a good idea so maybe just try another way xx

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